Artwork Title: Dance at Bougival - Artist Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Dance at Bougival

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883

Have the RSAP [Renoir Sucks at Painting] members ever truly looked at Renoir’s Dance at Bougival in the Boston MFA? A raffish guy swings a lovely girl—Suzanne Valadon, the artist’s model and mistress, and later a distinguished painter herself—at a summertime outdoor café, redolent of heat, music, smells, and light sweats of exertion and desire. Cigarette butts litter the floor at their feet. This is no candy-box fantasy. It is the real life of real people in a real place, glorified. Modernity is dawning. There’s a beat to it, and a glow. ( David Hockney mentions Renoir's cigarette butts:

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